Hurdles are popular field event in which both men and women participate. The rules for all hurdle events of all distances are the same.
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The standard sprint hurdle race is 110 meters for men and 100 meters for women. The standard long hurdle race is 400 meters for both men and women.
In the 110 meter event, the hurdles are1.067 meters high. The first hurdle is set 13.72 meters from the starting line.
In the 400 men race the hurdles are .914 meters tall. The first hurdle is set 45 meters from the starting line.
Hurdle races usually have eight contestants in the final. Each hurdle event may entail two or three preliminary rounds before the final – depending on the number of entrants.
The participants are allowed only one false start and are disqualified if there be a second.
Again, racers can be disqualified for omitting to jump a hurdle or trailing a foot or leg below the horizontal plane of the top of any hurdle while clearing it.
Hurdles are also one of the Athletic Equipments and in all levels of hurdle race competitions, hurdlers are required to clear each of the hurdles.